The Diocese of Shimoga was erected on 14 November, 1988, by virtue of the Apostolic Decree of Pope John Paul II, entitled Id Spectantes. This Diocese initially comprised of two civil districts: Chitradurga and Shimoga. Shimoga district was separated from the Diocese of Chikmagalur and Chitradurga from the ArchDiocese of Bangalore. This is the eighth Diocese in Karnataka and is a suffragan of the Metropolitan See of Bangalore.
In 1997 during the time of reorganization of districts, certain places from the districts of Shimoga and Chitradurga were put together to carve out the new district of Davangere, which came into existence on 15 August,1997. Thus, the Diocese of Shimoga now comprises of three civil districts namely Shimoga,Chitradurga and Davangere.
At present the Diocese has 22 parishes, 17 independent mission Centres with resident priests, 9 sub-stations. There are 51 diocesan priests and 34 religious priests working in the Diocese. About 223 relgious sisters belonging to 21 different religious congregations render spiritual, educational and health services in the Diocese.
On 14th November, 1988 the Rt Rev. Msgr. Ignatius Pinto, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Bangalore was appointed its First Bishop by His Holiness Pope John Paul II through his Apostolic Letter "Bonevolentiam Quidem Nostram." The Episcopal Ordination of the first bishop of Shimoga took place on 31st January,1989, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral ground, Shimoga. He was promoted as Archbishop of Bangalore on 10th September 1998 and installed on 25th November, 1998.
In 2000 the Holy See appointed Most Rev. Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo as the Bishop of the Diocese of Shimoga. He was ordained Bishop by Archbishop Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius Pinto, on the 20th March 2000 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Bishop Lobo was transferred to the newly created Diocese of Udupi and he was installed its first Bishop on October 15, 2012.
Since October 16, 1012, Bishop of Bellary, Most Rev. Dr. Henry D'Souza has been serving as the Apostolic Administrator the Shimoga Diocese.
On March 19, 2014 Holy Father Pope Francis appointed Karanataka Jesuit Provincial Most Rev. Dr. Francis Serrao new Bishop of Shimoga.
PRAYER TO THE WOUNDED HEART OF JESUS
O my Most Loving and Gentle Jesus,
I desire with all the affections of my heart,
that all beings created and uncreated,
should praise Thee,
honor Thee and glorify Thee eternally for that sacred wound
wherewith Thy divine side was rent.
I deposit, enclose,
conceal in that wound and in that opening in Thy Heart,
my heart and all my feelings, thoughts, desires,
intentions and all the faculties of my soul.
I entreat Thee, by the precious Blood and Water
that flowed from Thy Most Loving Heart,
to take entire possesion of me,
that Thou may guide me in all things.
Consume me in the burning fire of thy holy Love,
so that I may be so absorbed and transformed
into Thee that I may no longer be but one with Thee. Amen.
I. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you." Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of...... (here name your request)
Our Father.... Hail Mary.... Glory Be to the Father... Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
II. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of.......(here name your request) Our Father.... Hail Mary.... Glory Be to the Father... Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
III. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away." Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of.....(here name your request)
Our Father.... Hail Mary.... Glory Be to the Father... Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours. Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.
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